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Phuket roads flood amid severe weather warning

PHUKET: Heavy rain across Phuket this morning (May 18) has brought minor flooding across busy roads and warnings that further heavy rain may flood residential areas.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 18 May 2017, 01:16PM

As usual, Thepkrasattri Rd in front of the Thai Watsadu construction store in Thalang as well as sections of the road to the north and south, saw water levels across the road rise to 50 centimetres deep, causing traffic tailbacks.

Thalang Police and officers from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Srisoonthorn office were dispatched to help direct traffic and assist motorists.

Officials in Kamala have warned local residents of rising water levels at the Bangwan Waterfall.

Officials noted they are monitoring the water levels there in case residents need to be warned of any impending flooding.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket office this morning issued a severe weather warning for Phuket and surrounding provinces, effective from today (May 18) through Saturday (May 20).

“After seeing the weather report issued by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) today I made the decision, together with Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, that the DDPM Phuket office and relevant officials prepare for incidents resulting from heavy rainfall,” said Chatchaval Benchasiriwong, Director of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Region 18 office.

The flood mitigation precautions include the setting up of water pumps in case of floods and assigning ambulances to remain in specific areas susceptible to incidents resulting from heavy rain.

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Not only should Phuket be on alert. but also Surat Thani, Krabi, Phang Nga and Ranong provinces,” Mr Chatchaval said.

Please be careful on the roads and be warned of possible landslides in hilly areas. Drivers are advised to drive slowly and with care.

“This weather is likely to continue for the next three days,” Mr Chatchaval added.

Small boats are also advised to stay ashore as waves are likely to reach up to three metres along the Andaman coast.


Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot.



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